‘World of Matter’ is een internationaal kunst- en mediaproject dat wil werken rond het thema grondstoffen en de complexe ecosystemen waarvan zij deel uitmaken. Een interdisciplinaire groep van artiesten en wetenschappers haalt het debat uit haar klassieke industriële en economische context en wil tot een nieuw en open discours komen.
Beyond a traditional notion of raw materials as resource and system of supply lines for humans, the project directs a deeper attention to the situated materialities of stuff like gold, rice, oil, fish, land or water and the intricate multispecies entanglements within which they emerge. This considers a planetary perspective on a world that matters.
During the 2-day conference, WoM presents several art and research projects that engage specific global situations in view of shedding light on the interdependences between human and non-human actants in this fragile system. Under what material and political conditions does material reality come into being and what aesthetic language and conceptual rethinking will be necessary to cope with the range of new problems brought into play by the current shift from epistemological to ontological concerns? In this new ecology of politics, what stakes are there and who enacts them?
World of Matter considers visual source material a valuable instrument for education, activist work, research, and raising general public awareness, particularly in light of the ever more privatized nature of both actual resources and knowledge about the powers that control them. Hence the project acts through exhibitions, public events, publications and an online platform.
WoM core group: Mabe Bethonico, Ursula Biemann, Uwe H. Martin, Helge Mooshammer & Peter Mörtenböck, Emily E. Scott, Pablo Tavares, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan.
‘World of Matter’ is largely funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation Germany; The web platform is funded by the Zurich University for the Arts (ZHdK) and George Foundation.
Conference, October 18 and 19th, 14:00 – 19:00
! Attention ! the location has changed. World of Matter will take place in the Hotel Marivaux, Adolphe Max Laan n° 98, Brussels (salle Roman Polanski)